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Summary: A Biblical overview on the issue of tithing from Abraham to Paul.

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“Why Should We Tithe?”

Genesis 14:18-20; Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:8-10; Matthew 23:23; 1 Corinthians 16:2

I. Because Abraham COMMENCED it. (Genesis 14:18-20) Hebrews 7:4, 9; Genesis 28:22

II. Because Moses COMMANDED it. (Leviticus 27:30) Deuteronomy 14:22; 2 Chronicles 31:5-6, 12; Nehemiah 10:35; 13:12; Ezekiel 44:30

III. Because Malachi CONFIRMED it. (Malachi 3:8-10) Psalm 29:2; Proverbs 3:9-10; Malachi 1:8, 13-14; Isaiah 43:23; Ezekiel 48:14; Haggai 1:9

IV. Because Jesus COMMENDED it. (Matthew 23:23) Matthew 22:21; Luke 11:42; 18:12; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 16:10

V. Because Paul urges us to CONTINUE it. (1 Corinthians 16:2) 2 Corinthians 8:4-5, 12; 9:6-8; Romans 13:7; Luke 20:25; Acts 20:35; Ephesians 3:20-21

Genesis 14:18-20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. [19] And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: [20] And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s: it is holy unto the Lord.

Malachi 3:8-10 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. [9] Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. [10] Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

1 Corinthians 16:2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.


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